Because he has been the manager of Arsenal for 17 years now, Arsene Wenger knows most of the former players who are still working in football in one capacity or another. The Frenchman has always seemed to be keen on the old bootroom philosophy, in which former Gunners have stayed at the club or returned to it to work as coaches, academy directors or managers.
Return of the non-flying Dutchman by Big Gun
Dear fellow gooners, It comes to no surprise that the signing of Ozil and Arsenal’s current brilliant form at top of the league has turned many a head in the football industry, including an Arsenal hero and legend, Dennis Bergkamp. In an interview with Telegraph Sport, he spoke about the positive transformation Arsenal has begun to undertake and how he wishes to be a part of that. Currently he is the assistant coach at Ajax, but in the interview he states that he always had plans to return to Arsenal one day and continue his legacy with us.
Next player makes his way to the rumour section by Ash
Even when Arsenal are playing in a club tournament all weekend, the media still can’t help but persist in making sure they continuously wind up the fans, who aren’t sure if they should be embarrassed by their clubs transfer policy or just be downright outraged by the whole summer’s events. If we do get Luis Suarez, of course, then we will be quite happy, and it does seem as if Wenger is pretty determined.
I’m sure most Arsenal fans are aware that our transfer target Luis Suarez played for two clubs in Holland before joining Liverpool. We also know that he has a bad reputation in England, but his potential transfer to Arsenal is making waves in Holland as well. The following article is a translation of a Dutch piece which went out on a well respected football site Voetball International and is an interesting insight into what the Dutch think of him.
Arsenal takes a risk with Suarez by Tom van Hulsen (Kindly translated by Job Swart)
Should Arsenal really go after Luis Suarez? by KJ
If there ever was a player that was more known for his controversy than his undeniable talent, that player is Luis Suarez. After joining Liverpool from Ajax for what now seems a bargain price of £22 million, Suarez has been surrounded with both hatred and adulation by football fans around the world.
Now, according to a few papers, Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of signing Suarez from Liverpool this summer. This would definitely prove to be a massive coup if it materialised. Suarez is known as one of the best strikers in the Premier league and even possibly in the world. However, signing Suarez carries a lot of baggage.
I think that some football journalists have got too much time on their hands, while a favourite way of spending it often seems to be making up some story about Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with hundreds of players this summer, from 14-year old West Brom academy starlets, to world names like Iker Casillas and Wayne Rooney.
I know they sat there is no smoke without fire, but London would be ablaze if all these stories had some truth to them. A couple of little gems caught my eye today as I was trawling through the newspapers and sport websites. I may be wrong of course, it has happened once before, but these two rumours strike me instantly as having sprung from the feverish imagination of a reporter who has had too much liquid for his lunch.
When Dennis Bergkamp ended his playing career in 2006, he had scored 122 goals for Arsenal at a rate of more than one every two games. He had picked up 10 winners medals with the the club, and been a key part of the invincibles who went an entire league season unbeaten.
The first match at the new Emirates Stadium was a testimonial for the non-flying Dutchman, and he will soon grace the stadium again, in statue form. Pictures of the statue were leaked on Twitter, and although it has not been officially announced by the club, Bergkamp seems set to be joining other legends Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman by being immortalised in Bronze.
Liam Brady is an Arsenal legend, there is no doubt about it, and when he finishes his fantastic job of running the youth academy in 2014, it is vital that Arsenal pick the right man to fill his shoes. I feel it should be somebody with a big connection to the club, and Dennis Bergkamp certainly fits that description. Some newspapers reported that Bergkamp may be in line for the position, but I do not think he is the right man.
Former Arsenal player and goal scorer extraordinaire, Ian Wright, has claimed that another Gunners legend, Dennis Bergkamp, wanted to come to the Emirates as a coach but was turned down by Arsene Wenger. Wright also called for the resignation of some board members and a move to bring David Dein back to the club.
Wright was as shocked as the rest of us by the defeat, and the manner of it, by Bradford last night, and he believes that enough is enough and some drastic changes should be made. The former striker also seems to have joined the growing ranks of Gooners who have lost faith in Wenger and his ability to turn the poor current form around.
It has been revealed that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent his chief scout Steve Rowley to Holland to watch the PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman in action in yesterday’s big game against Ajax. The £20m-rated Dutch international has been tracked by Manchester United for some time, but with Wenger desperate to improve his team in the centre of the park he is willing to break the club’s transfer record to bring in the 22 year-old.
Arsene Wenger may have changed his mind about trying to sign Ajax keeper Kenneth Vermeer for Arsenal after seeing the 26-year old ship four goals at home to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions league. Vermeer should have done much better with at least two of the goals, and his display could cost the Dutch champions as they now have no chance of qualifying for the next stages and are in danger of losing the Europa league place to Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger has said he would bring in players in any position if he felt they were right for the Arsenal team and would add quality to the existing squad. There are various positions that Arsenal fans are worried about and think that Wenger should strengthen, such as defensive midfield, right wing and attack.
One of the most pressing concerns, however, is at right back. Bacary Sagna suffered two leg breaks last season and, although he is apparently recovering well, will not be back to full match fitness for some time. Carl Jenkinson seems to have got the nod from Wenger for now but he is young and inexperienced and has not had to deal with the top teams yet. Many Arsenal fans are worried that he is not ready yet for the best the Premier league has to throw at him.